The Encyclopedia of Wood

The Encyclopedia of Wood

A Tree-by-tree Guide to the World's Most Versatile Resource

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Intended for anyone who works with wood, this oversize reference (9x12") features a full-page entry for each of some 150 popular woods. Each entry provides thorough information on appearance, growth rate, distribution (with maps), working properties (in both narrative and chart form: impact resistance, stiffness, density, workability, bending strength, and crushing strength), and commercial uses, both historical and current. For visual identification, generous-size detailed color photographs display grain and color. An introductory section presents information on the anatomy of the tree, the world's forests, and logging and extraction. Editor Walker and four contributors combine their considerable expertise in carpentry, cabinetry, and timber applications as well as in writing about these subjects. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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The Encyclopedia of Wood is the most informative and comprehensive guide for all those who fully appreciate the beauty of wood. It is much more than a craftperson's guide. The anatomy and life cycle of trees are described, as are the subtleties of grain, pattern, figure, and color. Forest types from around the world are explained and illustrated, with a special section on the complex subject of deforestation and conservation. The processes that wood undergoes between the forest and the end user are explored, including how timber is cut and the way in which this affects its uses. Stress and grading, drying and conversion, and advanced wood manufacturing technology are all covered in detail.
The book's core is an A-Z directory of 150 of the world's most popular and beautiful timbers. Growth and distribution, appearance, mechanical and working properties, and applications are listed, with each wood superbly illustrated in color.
The Encyclopedia of Wood is unique in its appeal to designers, engineers, artists, craftspeople, and enthusiasts alike. Generously illustrated, informative, and thoroughly readable, it is the essential companion for users and lovers of the earth's best-loved natural resource.

Facts on File
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An invaluable reference for woodworkers, crafters, furniture designers, and home enthusiasts, this comprehensive guide helps readers discover one of our most beautiful natural resources and learn how to use and appreciate this wonderfully versatile material.

The Encyclopedia of Wood, New Edition provides an A-to-Z directory featuring more than 150 of the world's most popular woods, with information on growth rate, distribution, key characteristics, working properties, and commercial uses. Each entry includes a detailed color photograph to show the tree's unique grain, pattern, figure, and color, providing a valuable visual resource for selecting timber. An informative introduction explains the anatomy and life cycle of trees as well as the process of producing boards and veneers, and examines essential conservation issues. With approximately 225 full-color illustrations, this guide is perfect for use in a range of applications and is a one-stop resource to the remarkable world of wood.

Publisher: New York : Facts on File, c2005
ISBN: 9780816061815
Characteristics: 192 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 31 cm
Additional Contributors: Walker, Aidan


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